This music video delights and enthralls me with its modernization of classic black-and-white dance moves. I want to live in its world, and you should join me!
My sometime love of One Direction was self-reported (here and here), but I always tried to resist jumping on the Harry Styles bandwagon. No longer! I’m fully aboard his gender-bending rock star train. Did you see his Vogue cover? Perfection.
But the true star of this video is not Harry Styles. It is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of the PHENOMENAL Fleabag and creator of the equally phenomenal Killing Eve. In the “Treat People with Kindness” music video, she struts down the stairs, commands the room with her presence, and lets herself be wooed onstage for a dance performance that is so fun that I die inside.
But let’s be real. I wouldn’t put a music video on my blog just because it was fun and starred people that I love. The thing that truly makes my heart go wild is all the effortless gender bending. It is a happy manifesto on the joys of letting people be whoever they want to be, so long as they wear sparkles. Both Harry and Phoebe flirt with femininity and masculinity, from their clothing to their mutual desire to be spun/flipped/dipped. Everyone gets to be powerful, everyone gets to be silly, everyone gets to trust each other, everyone gets to look good.
What a fantastic way to start 2021. Let’s treat people with kindness and get our dance on!
If you want more, I highly recommend you check out The Cut’s review of Styles’ “Treat People with Kindness” music video.